|Birth: ||Apr. 20, 1891|
|Death: ||May 24, 1986|
Myrtle May Hanson was born April 20, 1891 in Alexandria, Minnesota. She was one of five children born to Susan Mae Glines and A.B. Hanson. Myrtle was educated in Minnesota before moving with her family to Dogden, North Dakota. She was teaching school near Dogden when she met her first husband, Wilford L. Graham, and they were married in 1908. After Wilford died in 1916, Myrtle came to Aden, Alberta to be closer to her family. Her two brothers were working north of the Sweet Grass Hills, and while visiting them she met an area homesteader, Harry Hoffner. They were married in Havre Jan. 1, 1919. The following summer was hot and dry and the farming business was bleak so they moved to Tennessee where they lived for the next five years. They returned to the Montana homestead in 1925. In the years that followed they gradually acquired adjoining land and made their ranch a profitable operation. In 1957 they bought a small home in Chester and moved there after their retirement in 1959. Harry died in 1970 and Myrtle continued living in Chester. She moved into the Sweet Grass Lodge in 1978. After her health deteriorated in 1985 she moved to the Liberty County Nursing Home. Following a short hospital stay, she died early Monday morning, Feb. 24. She was just a few months shy of being 95 years old.
Myrtle is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Edris and Walt Jensen of Chester; a son and daughter-in-law, Arlo and Beth Graham of Chester; a son-in-law, Wayne Dafoe of Chester; 11 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mildred Hanson of Chester. She was preceded in death not only by her husbands and parents, but also by two daughters, Ruth Arletta and Mabel Dafoe; by an infant son, Donald Edward; by two brothers, Cliff and Chris Hanson; by one sister, Ione Gifford; and one great-grandson, Douglas Jensen.
Funeral services at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Chester. Interment in Whitlash cemetery.
Liberty County Times (Chester, Montana)March 6, 1986 (excerpt)
Allie Belle Hanson (1869 - 1929)
Susan May Glines Hanson (1871 - 1942)
Wilford Luverne Graham (1885 - 1916)
Harry Hoffner (1887 - 1970)
Luverne Arlo Graham (1911 - 1988)*
Edris Gertrude Graham Jensen (1913 - 2007)*
Mable Mae Hoffner Dafoe (1920 - 1978)*
Ruth Arletta Hoffner (1925 - 1926)*
Created by: Dan Tripp
Record added: Jun 15, 2010
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